The Dallas Mavericks G League affiliate, the Texas Legends, defended homecourt in their last long homestand of the season. The good news about the entire homestand was the crowd packed the Comerica Center for Spring Break and gave the Legends a true home-court atmosphere.
With the success of the homestand, the Legends were able to move into a playoff spot temporarily, and they will have a chance to clinch it later this month. Here is a look at what happened over spring break at the Comerica Center.
Texas Legends split back to back with Salt Lake City
Salt Lake was able to steal at least one win away from the Legends. On the first night, Salt Lake City pulled off a 108-102 victory. Two nights later, the Legends took the second game 115-101.
Salt Lake stole one in Frisco in the first meeting between the two teams since the preseason. The lack of familiarity could have played a factor in Salt Lake City securing the upset.
Moses Wright shined in the first game against the Stars with a 24-point 12-rebound double-double. Feron Hunt finished with 30 points and nine rebounds They just couldn’t overcome Carsen Edwards and Jared Wilson-Frame’s combined 51 points.
In the second matchup, Carlik Jones and Justin Jackson combined for 48 points, and the Stars had no answer for both of them. Jared Butler would lead the scoring for the Stars with 23 points. The Legends can take the season series against them on April 1st in Salt Lake City.
Olin Carter III surprises the Squadron in OT win
Olin Carter III showed the Legends that he can step in and be the starting point guard if Carlik Jones gets signed by the Mavericks or another NBA team. The Legends would go to upset the Birmingham Squadron 110-104 in overtime.
Carter III would finish with 25 points and eight rebounds. Carlik Jones and Moses Wright both produced double-doubles against Salt Lake City. Jared Harper dropped 25 for the Squadron.
The end of the fourth quarter would go back and forth with free throws and baskets, which sent the game to overtime. The Legends would go on to hold the Squadron scoreless in OT.
The best part about this game was with the win they moved into the final spot in the playoffs in a tight race. They could continue to climb in the standings with a win against Iowa.
Wolves get bad karma in the 4th quarter as Texas Legends win
Do you remember your basketball coach telling you not to get comfortable with any lead? Well, that's what happened to Iowa after they celebrated having the lead after the third quarter. The Legends would have their best comeback of the year as they rallied past the Wolves 115-109.
Carlik Jones led the Legends in scoring with 30 points, while Justin Jackson finished with 24 points. Moses Wright would get (you guessed it) a double-double having 18 points and 13 rebounds.
The Legends would go on a 20-4 run in the fourth quarter to rally past the Wolves in a complete turn of events. Texas moved up a spot in the Western Conference standings with the win, and they are ready for the challenges that lie ahead.
SkyForce NBA vets teach a young Legends a lesson
This was one of the most intriguing Legends home games this season. They went up against three NBA vets in Kyle Guy, Brandon Knight, and Mario Chalmers. Justin Jackson and the Legends would get out schooled on the court 128-99.
Things didn't go the Legends' way on the court, but Feron Hunt‘s athleticism was on full display. This guy literally should be offered Theo Pinson’s two-way spot as soon as Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is allowed after he tomahawked on a 6’10 center.
Things didn‘t go well for the Legends because they were running a very wide 2-3 zone and gave the SkyForce lanes to the basket for layups. Their man to man defense wasn’t working, but I’ve would have tightened the zone a bit and force the Skyforce to shoot threes.
The Texas Legends are still holding on to the final playoff spot, despite the loss. They need to play well down the stretch to secure their spot in the postseason.